Number one in the Netflix charts and days of conversation: "The Crown" causes a stir again. The fifth season of the series about the British Royal Family focuses on the nineties, more precisely: the marital problems of today's King Charles III. and Princess Diana.
But despite the great popularity of the new season, fans are bothered by two stars: Dominic West as King Charles III. and Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II.
The biggest problem with Dominic West, who embodies the then Prince of Wales in the series: he looks too good. Especially on Twitter, users expressed their dissatisfaction with the casting choice.
"How on earth do the creators of 'The Crown' expect us to accept someone as ridiculously good looking as Dominic West as Prince/King Charles? It's like casting Brad Pitt for the role of Richard Casting Nixon," wrote one viewer on the short message service. And he's far from alone in that.
"This season of 'The Crown' is just unrealistic. And I'm tired of Netflix ignoring the elephant in the room. Dominic West is 8000x hotter than Charles has ever been, is or will be," commented another. Not only fans on Twitter are dissatisfied, reviewers also criticize the cast. Vogue editor Michelle Ruiz captioned it: "Dominic West is way too hot to play Prince Charles."
But it's not just West that seems to have been a controversial choice. The occupation of the Queen also causes resentment. The late monarch is played by Imelda Staunton. The Brit is the victim of a typical film and television star problem: you associate her with one of her most famous roles. In several "Harry Potter" films, the actress embodied the short-term Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge, who tortures Harry Potter in detention and bullies the other wizard's apprentices. Umbridge is without question one of the most disliked characters in the Potter universe.
"I tried to give the season a chance but Imelda Staunton's version of the queen in 'The Crown' is too like Dolores Umbridge and I keep expecting her to be carried away by a group of centaurs," a frustrated viewer tweeted.
For supporters of the election, the criticism is a compliment. "I find it so funny that some people were bothered about casting Imelda Staunton as Queen because they only get to see Umbridge. They hated her [Dolores Umbridge] so much because she was undeniably brilliant. The same goes for 'The Crown' - nobody could have played that queen but her," countered another viewer. Elizabeth Debicki, on the other hand, is almost unreservedly well received as Princess Diana. "Elizabeth Debicki walks, speaks, moves and looks like Princess Diana. This is an expensive, multi-dimensional achievement. Please shower her with awards," commented a viewer on Twitter.
It doesn't matter whether you approve or reject the two casting decisions: "The Crown" has done what a series has to do these days: it's on everyone's lips.
Sources: "Vogue" / Twitter
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